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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Perth Holiday Part I

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really don’t do holidays well at all; at least not the sort of holiday where you sit around and do nothing. Note to my friends, if I offer to do the dishes, I really want to do the dishes because I don’t like sitting around.

My holiday did start well. One of my friends picked me up from the airport at midnight – thank goodness for friends like her! We sat up and drank wine and chatted until 3am, which would have been 6am in Melbourne, so I can boast that I pulled an all nighter! The next day we went food shopping for lunch. She had invited her mother, her sister and another friend of ours. Let me tell you, I was very impressed at how good they all looked. They hadn’t changed a bit and it had been over 3 years since I saw them last.

Lunch was delicious; there was bbq chicken, salad, cauliflower cheese and lots of bubbly. It lasted well into the evening with leftovers for dinner. It was great to catch up with everyone and find out what they and their families have been up to.

The next day my friend’s son took me to my father’s place, with a rather long detour to my son’s place to pick up my netbook. It is wonderful to have my netbook back, I’ve missed it!

So I spent the rest of the day with my father. He is 91 and, although I admire him immensely for still living on his own in his house, I do wish he would realise I’m an adult now. I really don’t appreciate being told to wash my hands every 10 minutes and I’m a bit over being told to go to bed at 9pm. Mind you, that is after he has asked me what time I usually go to bed and I’ve told him 11pm. I expect I will get comments telling me to put up with it and I do but that is why I’m grateful to have my netbook back.

So here I sit, in bed at 9.15pm, with my netbook on my lap and a usb stick full of episodes from Season 1 and 2 of the OC. Guess what I’ll be doing when I’ve finished this post?

Tomorrow I plan to go for a long walk to try to get rid of all the food I’ve eaten over the past few days. Naturally my father doesn’t like the idea of me going for a walk. Apparently there is a rapist / burglar / kidnapper on every corner just waiting to pounce on me. My personal opinion is that the entire neighborhood is dead already because it’s just so quiet around here! Apparently someone attempted to kidnap a young girl the other day and my father thinks I’m a prime target and am next on their list. Naturally I would be flattered if a kidnapper thought I was an acceptable victim at over 50 years of age. I’ll let you know in my next post if I get kidnapped or murdered.


  1. When I go to visit my 83 year old mother I don't call it a holiday so right away you have a better attitude than me. I guess parents just never stop worrying about their kids. I constantly tell my son to wash his hands too. He is also old enough to know that for himself. It must be a genetic defect or something to never stop bugging our kids. Enjoy your long walk! That is the holiday part!.......

  2. I don't mean to giggle. I'm just picturing him saying, Did you wash your hands? This will be me when I'm 91.

  3. I was laughing too.....bless his heart. We will probably be the same way if we live to be 91!
    Be careful on your walk.....we want you back, safely....ha

  4. Mermaid...LOL

    I think the patience thing is going to be really tough when the parents get that old. Mine are 70 and I already kind of lose it when I am trying to give them computer directions over the phone.

  5. My husband and I visited my dad and step momma last month and we did not call it a vacation, but a visit.

    We were in bed at 9:00 every night, but without any internet connection! Or TV! We did lots of talking.

    Parents drive us crazy yes? We love them just the same and I feel glad that my dad is still around (he's 82) to enjoy.

    He loves you! That's why he's so annoying. :)

  6. How would you post if you were kidnapped or murdered?

  7. Mermaid - I think the good thing is that I will always remember how my father behaves and will try my best not to be like him!

    Summer - giggle away! After I get back home I hope I can giggle too.

    Nanny - I was very careful on my walk and didn't see one rapist or kidnapper!

    Kazzy - if you read my next post you will see my patience totally ran out!

    Deborah - I'm sure he does love me, but the paranoia is way too much! I always remember to take my computer when I go to see him.

    Mrs Tuna - with great difficulty!


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